Out in the country with Mini Cooper D Countryman

Think Mini, think tight-proportioned hot hatch running ape through city streets, underground tunnels and sewers, chased by the police for stealing fool’s gold. But we’ll have none of that on this leisurely drive in the Cooper D Countryman. We’re here to experience what the company calls its most practical offering in India.

Being the first Mini to measure over four metres long, there’s a bit more to look at in the Countryman diesel compared to the regular Cooper hatchback. About 10 and 15cm of width and height to be precise.  The big Countryman diesel looks every bit the Mini – from the wide open grille and the detailed headlamps under the bulging bonnet, past the simple yet buxom side-panels with integrated turn indicators, to the curvaceous rear, which sports a Mini badge that doubles as boot lever.

It’s just that the Cooper D exhibits a somewhat subdued look of aggression, compared to the rest of the Cooper range, with this Mini hatch now offering more in the practical sense with its frugal diesel engine, interior passenger space and ground clearance.